Focus: concentration of attention
There are times when I catch myself being ultra-focussed – in an all too serious way. Business like, no room for fun or spontaneity. Part personality, part learned through my working life, I must remember to let this go. To soften, to surprise myself with fun. Go there…
Today was a beautiful day here. Instead of nose to grindstone, I took myself out for a walk. Down to the harbour, sun was out, it was warm. I used my new phone to take a picture so I could show you what a walk of 6 blocks can give me for a vista. Do you think I can figure out how to upload it from the phone? Nope…so, close your eyes and visualize: sunny day, about 11C (53F???), no wind. I walk six city blocks west to the harbour. Sun and warmth are captured by the buildings in the downtown. Ahhh. Once at the foot of my street, I lean on a railing and look out. I can see boats moored at the dock, sail and pleasure craft. The harbour here is closed in, so I can see ocean, but not the open sea; it is around the corner to the left. The buildings on the shore are fairly low-rise. It kind of reminds me of Europe. Sky is blue, with puffy white clouds. People are smiling. Kayakers are out on the water.
I had to get out today. Outside is important to me, and yet I don’t take the opportunity to go out as much as I would like -NO – need. Contact with nature is vital to living a vibrant life. Sometimes I get stuck in narrow focus: work, yoga, yoga, work. All work and no play makes jack a dull boy (and me a dull girl).
It is as good to expand on the outside, as it is on the inside through the yoga. For me it needs to be hand-in-hand…a broadening, an opening, encompassing. The more I focus on the inside – looking and listening for that internal guidance – the more I can be fresh, open, willing on the outside.
Letting in the light.
(Yes, I did go to yoga today too.)